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The Kensei
The Kensei.png
Faction: Samurai
Type: Vanguards
Weapons: Nodachi

The Kensei is one of the Samurai Heroes.


The Kensei all aspire to be living incarnations of Bushidō, the Samurai "way of the warrior".

Masters of the martial arts, ready to die for their emperor and for their fellow Samurai, the Kensei all fight with the nodachi

That deadly blade, a longer version of the classic katana, is used to cleave their enemies in a few elegant and powerful strikes.

They strive for perfection, never expecting to reach it

Story campaign

The Kensei, Ayu, is a playable character as well as an NPC when playing as the Orochi in the Samuai chapters. Ayu is the Daimyo of the Orochi, and his/her allies, Momiji the Nobushi, and Okuma, the Shugoki.

In Ayu's mission, she is pitted against the other Daimyo in the Myre by Appollion. She manages to kill off all of them, thus earning her the right to challenge Sejuro, the Orochi who took the Emperor's place after his death at the hands of the Blackstone Legion. Two of the opposing Daimyo are also Kensei.


Name Cost Type
Arm and Armed N/A Combat
Collapse N/A Free Roam
In the Wind 3000 Steel Combat
Rally 3000 Steel Free Roam
The Shame 5000 Steel Free Roam
Throwdown N/A Combat
Witness Me! N/A Free Roam
You Die N/A Combat


Icon Name Description
Arrow Storm Aerial Attack that deals medium Damage in multiple areas
Body Count Killing soldier grants you health and stamina
Chilling Stare Nearby enemies have lower Attack & defense
Fast Recovery Passive, Stamina regenerates faster
Inspire Allies deal more Damage, soldiers fight faster
Iron Lungs Passive, You can still Sprint when Out of Stamina
Long Bow Fire a long bow for moderate Damage
Second Wind Recover some of your health.
Smoke Bomb Throw a smoke bomb on the ground that breaks the lock
Stalwart Banner Nearby allies continuously regain Health
Steadfast Gain immunity from Throw attempts for a short duration
Unblockable Your Attacks are Unblockable for a short duration



Name Cost
Beheader N/A
Evisceration 5000 Steel
Groundstab N/A
Insert New Spine 7000 Steel

Hero Modifiers

Name Description
Chain Starters Helm Splitter, Swift Strike, and a Guardbreak can initiate chains.
Throw Into a Chain Finisher Any Throw can be followed-up by any Chain Finisher.
Top Heavy Finisher Unblockable Finish any chain with a Top Heavy for an Unblockable Attack.
Top Heavy Finisher Cancel Top Heavy Finisher Startup can be canceled by: A Side Light Attack or A Side Heavy Attack for n Uninterruptible Side Heavy Finisher.
Zone Attack Cancel Zone Attack after the first Attack with E(cancel attack button).
Renown Earn more Bounty in 1v1 fights, by killing enemy Heroes, and getting Killing streaks to unlock your feats in a match.
Revenge Mode Boosts Damage and Health. All Attacks are Uninterruptible. Parry and Throws knock enemies down. Attacks are Auto-Parried on activation.


Name PC Controls PS4 Controls Xbox One Controls General Action
Dawn of the Steel Sun LMB, LMB, LMB Light Attack (x3)
Spirit of Inevitability

(Chain Attack, Unblockable)

LMB, LMB, RMB Light Attack (x2), Heavy Attack
Form of the Dragon

(Chain Attack, Unblockable)

LMB, RMB, RMB Light Attack, Heavy Attack (x2)
Doom of the Kensei

(Chain Attack, Unblockable)

RMB, RMB, RMB Heavy Attack (x3)
Rushing Sweep

(Not in Guard Mode)

Shift + RMB Spring + Heavy Attack
Helm Splitter W + Space, LMB Forward Move + Roll, Light Attack
Swift Strike A or D + Space, LMB Sidestep + Roll, Light Attack
Grasping Pounce W + Space, MMB Forward Move + Roll, Grab


Every Kensei Weapon Set

All of Keinsei's Weapon Sets

See also